NEON Students of the Year Award – COMMENDATION
Brandon Akem arrived in the UK aged 16 as an unaccompanied asylum-seeking minor and is a Care Leaver. He has managed to rise above the difficult experiences of his young life to make a significant positive contribution to vulnerable children and young people. He has shown a rare willingness and tremendous aptitude for going above and beyond just working with those who have been in the care system. By directly lobbying and training a variety of professionals he is using his experiences to better inform those with the power to make significant changes to how young people with experience of being in care are supported.